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Friendship can make all the difference

Loneliness is often a subject people are afraid to discuss. This could be for several reasons, they could feel embarrassed, ashamed or concerned about making a fuss. People are sometimes concerned that they will be judged, as loneliness is subjective, it cannot be measured in a scientific manner, it is judged by each individuals need […]

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‘You sent me an angel!’

‘I started to feel lonely after my wife of 60 years passed away. I live on a busy main road and would see cars and people passing by my house all day, but nobody would knock on my door to say hello. I felt very low indeed. I saw a leaflet about Cyril Flint Befrienders […]

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Gift an hour of your time!

In the spirit of the festive season, many people reflect upon their life over the course of the past year and choose to give the gift of their time, dedicating it to those who are less fortunate. If you are able to find an hour during the hustle and bustle this festive season, we want […]


National Befriending Week 2016

This year National Befriending Week is being celebrated 1st – 7th November. We firstly want to say a huge, huge thank you to all of our volunteer befrienders for the time they dedicate to helping combat loneliness and isolation in the community. It’s a very saddening fact that many older people find themselves feeling alone, […]


Take 5 minutes to help us win £25,000 to combat loneliness

This year Cyril Flint Befrienders has entered the Aviva Community Fund Awards. Aviva grants funds of different levels to charities and community projects across the country, so as you can imagine, the competition is tough! Funding is crucial to enable us to carry on doing the invaluable work we and our volunteers are doing across […]


Be a legend, leave a legacy

This year, Remember a Charity Week is being held 12th – 18th September. Legacies are vital to our very survival, a fact that most of our supporters don’t realise. To raise some much needed awareness, we’ve joined forces with Remember A Charity, the largest consortium of its kind in the UK working to promote legacy […]

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International Friendship Day 2016

International Friendship Day is being celebrated on 7th August 2016. We know that some great friendships have been formed between our volunteers and the older people they have been matched with and we are continuing to match volunteers up with lonely older people in the Greater Manchester area each week and we are really enjoying […]

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Friendships really can change lives!

Our volunteers really are invaluable! We want to say a huge thank you to you all for your dedication and for the impact you have in your local community! Please have a look at this touching account from Dorothy, on how she feels her life has been enhanced by her befriender. If you want to […]